UK employment law experts and employment law solicitors who practise in the area are predicting an unprecedented rise in the number of Employment Tribunal Cases which will be heard in the UK in the coming three years. Furthermore they have stated that they believe that this rise will cost UK business billions of pounds.
Experts are predicting that the coming three years will bring about around 370,000 more cases than the last three years did. This represents an increase of 46%. When you consider that an average employment law case heard at the Employment Tribunal costs the business £7,000 in legal fees and payouts, it is easy to see where the cost is going to add up into the billions.
Behind the rise on a magnitude never before seen in the UK are changes to UK employment law. The European Union as well as the UK Parliament itself have contributed to a great deal of change in law and employee entitlement. Indeed, since the 1990s, law on employment in the UK has undergone many changes bringing more rights than ever before to UK workers.
The burgeoning culture of protecting workers in the UK has also contributed to the workforce being acutely aware of their rights and entitlements, meaning that they are more likely to realise when they have been unlawfully treated and thus take their case to the authorities.
Harriett Harman’s Equality Bill has also received unprecedented publicity in recent months, further increasing workers’ awareness of their rights. It is as a result of the media storm surrounding the bill and the new regulations it has brought into place that most experts predict that the vast majority of the increase in Employment Tribunal cases will be made up of equal pay cases.